Southern Nevada Section
American Chemical Society
Annual Awards Meeting
Wednesday, April 26; 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Stan Fulton Building on the UNLV campus
Buffet Dinner Provided
Join us for the annual ACS Awards Ceremony honoring this year's top students in Chemistry at CSN, NSC, and UNLV, as well as the participants in the High School Chemistry Olympiad.
This year's speaker will be Dr. Thomas Lane, past President of the American Chemical Society.
Tom received his undergraduate education in chemistry at Purdue University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from The Open University in England. Both Purdue and CMU have recognized Tom with their Distinguished Alumni Award for his contributions to science, education, and his community. Tom also received The Open University’s highest recognition for his contributions to Education, the Arts, and the Sciences with an honorary doctorate degree, which was presented at a special ceremony in Versailles, France.
He worked at the Dow Corning Corporation for 35 years where he achieved the highest scientific rank within the Corporation for his technical and leadership contributions. In addition, he holds academic positions in both the US and the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, an American Chemical Society Fellow, a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, a Life Member of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science and a number of other professional organizations. The National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers has recognized him with their service award for outstanding contributions to the National Secondary Education Science Program and his continued support for all STEM students.
Tom was the elected president of the American Chemical Society (2009), and later joined the staff of Delta College as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Instruction and Learning Services. In retirement, Tom continues to focus his energies on STEM education and student success. He is currently serving as the elected Associate Central Regional Director for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.
For fun, Tom enjoys photography. He specializes in black & white film photography using large wooden field cameras (8x10 inch negatives). He maintains a professional level darkroom in his home to develop and print his images using techniques and formulas that date back to the mid-1800.